Monday, February 18, 2013
Watch List DT Elisha Shaw visits Auburn
By Greg Ostendorf
Watch List DT Elisha Shaw says two of his favorite assistant coaches are now at Auburn.
AUBURN, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) missed recent junior days at Alabama and Georgia because of basketball, but he took his first visit of the new year on Monday as he and his teammates made the trip to Auburn.
“Coming to check out Auburn was good, because they’ve got my two best coaches,” Shaw said. “Coach [Dameyune] Craig and Coach [Rodney] Garner, those are like my top coaches right there. It really pulled Auburn up, coming over here to learn more about Auburn.”
Garner, AU’s new defensive line coach, recruited Shaw last year when he was still at Georgia.
“He’s a real cool cat,” Shaw said. “He’s going to keep it real with you. He’s not going to sugar coat nothing. He’s going to tell you what you need to be doing, what not to do.”
The trip marked Shaw’s first visit to Auburn since he camped there last summer. It gave him a chance to see a different side of the Tigers’ program, specifically the academics.
“Auburn is a nice school,” he said. “They’ve got some people to keep your head on straight. They’re not just a football school. They’re also an academic school. They love academics. It was nice out here.
“They’re also telling me that I’ve got an opportunity to play early, so I’m really going to have to look into that.”
Afterwards, Shaw said Auburn moved up into his top three, but Alabama and Georgia still remain at the top. Florida State is also in the mix.
“Those coaches are just trying to steal my heart at both [Alabama and Georgia],” he said. “There’s something about those schools. I grew up a fan, too.”
At this point, Shaw is in no hurry to make a decision. He says he’ll commit when he feels in his heart where he wants to go. The 2014 star plans to visit Alabama this weekend for the Tide’s second junior day.